Monthly archives: May, 2010

Top film producer arrested

Film Producer and Director Chandran Ratnam was arrested by the police for allegedly possessing explosive materials in his residence, Police Spokesperson SP Preshantha Jayakody told Daily Mirror online Ratnam produced the film ‘Road to Elephant Pass’ which focused on the war in Sri Lanka and also worked with Hollywood producer Steven Spielberg in the movie…



The UNP reforms: a dangerous but unavoidable experiment

Whatever the long term objectives of the reform proposals that have been adopted by the UNP Working Committee may be, the immediate target of them seems to be removing the party leader Ranil Wickremesinghe from that powerful post. Although it is said that the UNP Working Committee has passed these reform proposals in order to…



President participates in religious functions at Somawathiya temple, Agbopura Rajamaha Viharaya

President Mahinda Rajapaksa participated in religious functions at the ancient Somawathiya temple in Polonnaruwa and Agbopura Rajamaha Viharaya in Kantale Saturday. President Rajapaksa who first visited the Agbopura Rajamaha Viharaya, opened the new shrine room of the temple. After taking part in religious ceremonies, he offered alms to the Maha Sangha….



IIFA AWARDS puts Lanka on top of world tourism map

Sunday Observer – By Shirajiv SIRIMANE – (Pix: Reuters) The country will be reputed as one of the best Meeting, Incentive, Conference and Exhibitions (MICE) destinations when Sri Lanka hosts the eleventh edition of the IIFA Indian International Film Awards from June 3 to 5. The Sunday Observer is the official print media sponsor. The…



M.I.A. Attacks New York Times Journalist On Twitter

Singer posted Lynn Hirschberg’s phone number, which writer called ‘infuriating.’ By now, you may have read the rather lengthy New York Times Magazine feature on M.I.A. (and if you haven’t, well, here it is). If you’re like us, there were probably more than a few passages that made you go, “Wait, what?” Journalist Lynn Hirschberg…



Sri Lanka reconciliation panel ‘holds promise:’ Hillary Clinton

WASHINGTON: US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Friday the Sri Lankan post-war reconciliation panel “holds promise,” hoping it will have a broad mandate and resources to pursue claims of wartime atrocities. “I think this commission holds promise and we hope and expect that it will fulfill that promise,” Clinton said during a press briefing…



ADB asks Sri Lanka to reduce size of budget

COLOMBO (AFP) – The Asian Development Bank on Friday asked Sri Lanka to prune the size of its budget to sustain economic stability as the island emerges from decades of ethnic conflict. The Manila-based bank’s President Haruhiko Kuroda said Sri Lanka’s top priority now is to rebuild infrastructure in the island’s war-ravaged north and east;…



UN General Secretary says Vesak theme speaks to global concerns amid multiple crises

Onlanka News – By Janaka Alahapperuma Source: United Nations- New York (Ref: SG/SM/12890) United Nation’s General Secretary Ban Ki-moon issued a message for day of Vesak and said the Vesak theme “Global Recovery: The Buddhist Perspective”, spoke to global concerns amid multiple crises. The Day of the Vesak (Day of the Full Moon of the…



Sri Lanka urges US to focus on business, not just rights

WASHINGTON (AFP) – Sri Lanka’s new Foreign Minister G.L. Peiris on Tuesday urged Washington to seize business and other opportunities in post-war Sri Lanka rather than focus only on alleged human rights abuses there….



Fallen Heroes remembered at Birmingham Buddhist Maha Vihara

Onlanka News – By Janaka Alahapperuma (Pix By: Birmingham Buddhist Maha Vihara Media Unit) A special religious ceremony was organised by the Sri Lankan community in the Midlands at the Birmingham Buddhist Maha Vihara, Hockley, Birmingham in memory of the valiant heroes of the Sri Lanka Armed Forces who had sacrificed their valuable lives for…



Doctorate for Malini Fonseka

Queen of the Sinhala Cinema Malini Fonseka has been honoured with a doctorate by the University of Visual and Performing Arts in recognition of her outstanding contribution to the Sinhala Cinema. She will receive the doctorate at a special felicitation ceremony to be held on June 18 at the BMICH hosted by the University of…



Half a million people affected by floods in Sri Lanka

WSWS – By W.A. Sunil and Kapila Fernando Floods caused by heavy rain in several areas of Sri Lanka have affected more than half a million people, and taken at least 20 lives. Torrential pre-monsoon rains were worsened by cyclone Laila, which formed in the Bay of Bengal….



Fallen Heroes remembered in a major religious ceremony in London

Press Release by British Sri Lankan Forum (Pix by: Dusmantha Wijekoon) Large number of patriotic Sri Lankans and few other nationalities gathered at the London Buddhist Vihara to pay tribute to the fallen heroes of the valiant Security Forces, those who engaged in the noble mission of liberating the country from the clutched of brutal…



Indian Cinema stars and Sri Lankan cricketers bat for Videocon IIFA Weekend

Onlanka News – By Janaka Alahapperuma Charity Initiative: ‘Cricket for Children’ launched with Sri Lanka Cricket and UNICEF Cementing its commitment to building bridges between countries, IIFA 2010 will host a special charity cricket spectacular as part of the Videocon IIFA Weekend in Colombo, Sri Lanka. The ‘Cricket for Children’ event, the IIFA Foundation Celebrity…



Rain ruins Sri Lanka celebrations marking Tigers’ defeat

COLOMBO (AFP) – Heavy rains forced Sri Lanka to postpone ceremonies on Tuesday marking the defeat of the Tamil Tiger rebels one year ago and to remember soldiers who died in the fighting. “The government has decided to postpone the war heroes’ commemoration ceremony which was due to be held at the War Heroes’ Monument…



President Rajapaksa meets Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khumenei

Onlanka News – By Janaka Alahapperuma – (Pix by: Sudath Silva) President Mahinda Rajapaksa who is currently in Teheran to participate in the G15 Conference has met Islamic Supreme Leader of Iran Grand Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Hoseyni Khumenei last evening at the Revolutionary Leader’s residence….